Larry Poe

Date of Award


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College of Liberal Arts

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Document Type


First Advisor

Joyce East

Second Advisor

Arline Thorn

Third Advisor

M. Smith

Fourth Advisor

Richard Garnett


Scholars have generally ignored Irish novelist and playwright Roddy Doyle. Little attention has been paid to his narrative techniques or to his development as a novelist. In the American academy, thus far, only one dissertation concerning Doyle’s novels has appeared, written in 1996, by Caramine White, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. White notes that her dissertation is the first on Doyle and “its basic purpose will be to introduce the novels to the reading public and to convince the reading public that Doyle, although a very popular artist, is also a gifted writer who should be taken seriously” (White 1). White focuses on Doyle’s “innovative use of language; his manipulation of his audience’s reaction via humor and comedy; the role, however slight, of religion and politics; his overall social vision as projected in the novels both individually and as part of the complete body of work” (White 1). White’s dissertation, then, is obviously a broad-based one aimed at establishing an academically oriented credibility for Doyle’s novels.


Doyle, Roddy, -- 1958- -- Criticism and interpretation.

Novelists, Irish.